Sunday, April 2, 2023

Franklin Downtown Partnership Newsletter: April 2023

April 2023 Newsletter

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Franklin Downtown Partnership 

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2023 Strawberry Stroll Registration Open

The Strawberry Stroll will be held Friday June 9, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Rain date is Saturday, June 10, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Registration is open to 2023 paid members only. If you need a membership invoice or if you are not sure if you paid, please contact FDP Treasurer Gary Donelan.

The last day to register without a late fee is April 30.

FDP members can register online now

If you have any questions, please email Vendor Relations Coordinators Pandora Carlucci and Roberta Trahan at

FDP Additions

The FDP is excited to announce two new part-time freelancers: Marcella DiChiara will be the new social media coordinator and Anne Parker will be the new PR coordinator. Lisa Daly-Boockoff will remain as the communications coordinator responsible for the monthly newsletter and website.

April 6 General Meeting

The next Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting will be held on Thurs., April 6 at 8:30 a.m. Join us in the Dean College Dr. Paula Rooney Student Center on the second floor in the Golder Room. All FDP members and prospective members are welcome!

Ladybug Trail Spring Walk

The FDP's 1st Annual Ladybug Trail Spring Walk is schedule for Sat., April 15 (rain date April 16). Celebrate spring by coming to downtown Franklin and walking the Ladybug Cultural & Historical Trail. Stop by the Franklin Historical Museum or Escape Into Fiction for a Ladybug trail map and ladybug merchandise.

We are excited to have the community come out and see some of the new murals by local artists that are along the trail and enjoy the local businesses. The museum and bookstore will have free ladybug give aways as well as unique ladybug merchandise for sale.

Please drop off items to be donated to the Franklin Food Pantry at the Museum or Escape Into Fiction. Items especially needed are: Personal Care items:

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Shampoo (8oz – 24oz)
  • Conditioner (8oz – 24oz)
  • Disposable Razors- Individual (no blades please)
  • Body and Hand Lotion (8oz – 24oz)
  • Liquid Hand Soap (6oz – 24oz)
  • Scott brand WRAPPED ROLL 1000 Sheets per roll

Beautification and Strawberry Stroll Sponsors Needed

Sponsors are needed for our Beautification Efforts in addition to the Strawberry Stroll. View the sponsorship form and opportunities.

Have You Paid Your 2023 FDP Membership Yet?

You can pay your FDP membership by emailing the FDP treasurer or by scanning this QR code. You can also go to the FDP website and look for the "Donate Button" or alternatively mail a check.

Please contact the treasurer if you need another invoice.

Member Discounts

Keep in mind that one of the benefits of FDP membership is access to member discounts! You can check out the current discounts here. Would you like your business listed as offering a discount? Complete this form and email is back to us.

FDP Networking Event

We enjoyed a night of networking on March 22 at Escape Into Fiction. See the photos here.


Meet the Congressman

Attend a Franklin Town Hall with Congressman Jake Auchincloss on Saturday, April 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Congressman Auchincloss will share updates about the beginning of the 118th Congress. Then, he wants to hear from you. This is an opportunity for Franklin's residents and leaders to meet the Congressman, talk about issues important to you, and learn more about what he's working on. This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance. You will be sent the location after you RSVP.  

New Gelato Shop in Downtown Franklin

Franklin residents are in for a sweet addition to their downtown Main Street this Spring. Applause, a Gelato Shop and Unique Finds gift store is set to debut at 34 Main Street, the former location of The Spotlight Shop. Read more here.


Ladybug Jewelry

PT Color Market will be selling ladybug stud earrings, charm hoop earrings and ladybug necklaces at Escape into Fiction the week of April 7 - April 15. This will coincide with The FDP's First Annual Ladybug Trail Spring Walk scheduled for April 15 (rain date April 16). Show your love for Franklin's Ladybug with some unique jewelry! You can also order these special edition pieces online.

Gardening with Drought Tolerant Plants

The Franklin Garden Club will sponsor a program on "Gardening with Drought Tolerant Plants" on Tues., April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Senior Center. The program will be presented by noted horticulturist Warren P.

Leach, co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery, Inc. in Rehoboth. Leach will discuss the types of plants that are most likely to do well in dry, hot summers and also provide landscaping ideas as well as suggestions for maintaining and caring for these plants. The program is open to the public at no charge.

Silent Saturdays

By popular demand, Silent Saturday returns to the Franklin Historical Museum for the "lost art" of silent film comedies.

  • On April 15, view High and Dizzy (1920)
  • On April 22, watch Speedy (1928)

As always, events at the Franklin Historical Museum are free.

Easter Gifts at AcuPUNKture

Easter Baskets filled with fairy garden decor and gemstones are available in limited stock at the Whimsical Wellness Boutique in AcuPUNKture.

Easter Services

You are invited to worship at St John's Episcopal Church, 237 Pleasant St. in Franklin and Grace Episcopal Church, 104 N. Washington St. in North Attleboro.

  • Palm Sunday – April 2 at 10 a.m. at St John's and live streamed to Grace
  • Maundy Thursday with footwashing – April 6 at 4 p.m. at Grace
  • Stations of the Cross – Fri, April 7 at noon at Grace
  • Good Friday Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross – April 7 at 7 p.m. at St John's
  • The Great Vigil of Easter – Sat, April 8 at 7 p.m. at St John's (begins outside)
  • Easter Day – April 9 at 10 a.m. at Grace

New Franklin Sign

A new sign welcomes people to Franklin, thanks to Signs by Cam!

The Little Shop Turns 6


Congratulations to The Little Shop of Olive Oils as it turns celebrates its sixth anniversary! Check out the store and its selection of the finest olive oils from around the world.

Summer Camp


Creative Corner Art Studio is offering a half-day summer camp. Elementary aged children will attend from 8:30 a.m. to noon, $200 per week. Middle and high school students will attend from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., $200 per week. Visit the

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